Friday, September 15, 2017

Life Lately: August

I've done a pretty miserable job with these posts lately...I'm not sure if it's that I don't take enough pictures or if we just don't do anything worth of taking pictures? Maybe a little bit of both?

Now, don't get me wrong...I take hundreds of pictures a week...but 99% of them are of Bennett #CantStopWontStop

August flew by in a blur of chaos. Going back to work and finding our new normal was exhausting, but also a blessing at the same time. I started back to school and while it was tough for the first few days, it's much easier now. I have a great class and that makes it easier to leave my sweet boy every day. Bennett started daycare, and he made the transition beautifully. He loves Miss Judy, and so do we. We have been blessed with the best of the best <3

Something else we started (again) was our monthly dates. When Bennett was born we easily fell into the trap of survival mode and let our relationship/time together fall to the wayside. Now that lil' man is a getting older we have decided it's time to make our relationship/time together a priority again.  We need to make time to be AJ and Heather...and not just mommy and daddy. 

We technically started last month when we celebrated our 2 year anniversary at Main Event, but it doesn't really count because it was our anniversary and we HAD to go out #ItsTheRules

 This month we decided to have a day date, and go see a movie...I think we have probably seen 4 movies together in the 5 years we have been together. Movies just aren't our thing...


We saw "The Hitman's Bodyguard" and we both really enjoyed it. Anything with Ryan Reynolds gets a huge thumbs up from me ;) 

Other than our monthly date night day I didn't take any pictures, nor have we done anything picture worthy lol... I would say that I will do better next month -but we are halfway through September at this point, and I can't say I have taken any more photos #Eh #GoodIntentions
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

#MarathonMonday: Monday Schmonday

It's Wednesday...but feels like a Tuesday...and it's definitely not Monday...but welcome to my new normal ;) 

Each week I have good intentions of either writing this post on Monday or writing it over the weekend and scheduling it...and each week that it doesn't happen I just shrug it off and think to myself "maybe next week" full well knowing that it's a lie ;) 

I'm so sporadic and off schedule on these posts, I often sit down and don't even know where to begin. I could recap the week before...but if I am being honest I can hardly remember which days, how many miles, or how I felt while running...so they would be extremely riveting recaps lol! 

This last week was a tough one for sure...lil' man wasn't sleeping the greatest and convincing myself to run was not an easy task. I ALWAYS feel better and more energized after a run (especially an early morning run) but reminding my zombie like self of that at 4 AM isn't always easy ;)

Luckily, we had a 3-day weekend and B took some pity on me and slept fabulously all weekend. I caught on up on some MUCH needed sleep AND it was my cut-back week so my long run only called for 8 miles.

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I was up around 5AM Saturday morning ready to pump and ready to run. I was going to run all 8 miles outside, but AJ has been having some shoulder pain that has been keeping him up at night so I took pity on him and ran the first 4 indoors so I didn't have to wake up (I always tell him I am leaving before an outdoor run, and put the monitor on his side of the bed) #WifeOfTheYear

The 4 miles on the treadmill were BRUTAL...I was congested and not feeling the greatest and being indoors was not helping. After finishing my 4 miles I almost called it quits, but convinced myself to get outside for at least a few miles...

Once I got going, the fresh air made me feel SO much better. Nothing fixes a head cold quite like fresh air and running! I was feeling so good in fact I decided to go for 10 miles instead of 8. I had cut a few runs short this past week due to time constraints so I knew I could use an extra couple of miles to hit my weekly mileage goal. I felt good in the beginning, but the last 2 miles of this run were pretty brutal...I'm not sure if it was all in my head (knowing I was only supposed to run 8) or if somehow my head cold got worse at that exact time. Either way...I survived to see another day ;) 

Having Monday off for Labor Day was nice because I could sleep in and run during the day. There is nothing better than a nap time treadmill session, especially when I have my book to keep me company! 

Lately, I have been logging most of my miles on the treadmill, and in years past I would have been cursing ol' Millie girls name...but nowadays I am just so grateful that I have it as an option. There is not way I would be able to put in the miles that I am outdoors...plus, it is much easier on my body. I have found that although my weekly mileage has increased significantly, I am not experiencing the aches and pains that I usually do #SilverLining

I do miss running outdoors, and with fall weather headed our way I am going to be trying to get outside more. I would like to take B on some runs as the temperatures get cooler, but my weekday runs are usually no less than 6 hours and I am not sure a) he would last or b) I would survive pushing a stroller that long #StrollerRunningAintNoJoke

Until next time my friends....
Monday, September 4, 2017

July/August Book Review

Thanks to e-books and afternoon naps I am still going strong with my reading goal and I am even ahead of schedule. I thought for sure that once school started back up I would struggle to find the time to read, but currently B takes a 45 minute nap when we get home in the evenings...and after being away from him all day I refuse to put him down #BabiesDontKeep; so it gives me some time each evening to snuggle with my babe and my current book.


I decided to combine July and August because well...the beginning of August was crazy and blogging got put on the back burner. Going back to work after 4 months at home has been a transition...and most of my free time is spent soaking up all the snuggles with B.

Time is a hot commodity around here these days, so this post will be short and sweet! If you want to see my ratings, more info on the books, or a complete list of books I have read you can find my Goodreads account HERE.



Uhhh....I am not really sure where to start with this book. I checked it out from the library and didn't have many expectations, which I suppose was a good thing. It was your typical mindless chick-lit read about an overweight girl who gets in shape, tries to impress a boy, blah blah blah. I didn't hate it...but I didn't love it. 


Ugh...this book and the 2 that came before it top my list as my favorite guilty pleasures. I had been waiting very impatiently for this book to be released and then for it to become available to check out from the library. It was definitely worth the wait. I love this trilogy and have my fingers crossed there will be more! All 3 books take place in the same location, Mischief Bay, but each book focuses on different characters. I have loved all 3 equally, and they are books I would definitely recommend. 


I'm slightly torn on this book...I liked it, couldn't put it down, and couldn't wait to find out how it ended...and then bam it ended I and I was left feeling like something was missing. I love a good mystery/suspense novel, but sometimes the ending can ruin it for me. Overall I would say this was a good book, but I wish the ending would have turned out to be different. 


I'm a sucker for teen lit, so when I saw this book I knew it was one I needed to read. While I have to say I mostly enjoyed it, it definitely wasn't my favorite. The story line was pretty far fetched, but it definitely had a good "moral of the story" and some feel good moments. All in all, if you are a lover of teen lit I wouldn't say not to read this one...but I would say read some of the others on your list first ;)

My reviews were extra bland and vague this month, but nap time is almost over and I have some laundry to get done! One of these days I will figure out how to juggle my work/home/blog life ;)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Life With Benny: 5 Months


Weight: 17lbs 6 oz
Height:  26"

Diapers

He is still comfortably wearing size 2's and thanks to some longer stretches of sleep he needed some overnight diapers. They only make those in size 3, so while they are a little big they get the job done!

Clothes

He is wearing 3-6 months in almost all of his clothing, and honestly these days he just wears a onsie. It's hot, they are easy, and if I didn't have to wear pants every day I wouldn't either.

We said sayonara to the swaddle (which was short lived) and he now sleeps in gowns #TheyArentDresses

Also, when struggling to figure out this kids sleep habits and create a nap routine, he became really attached to what we call his "monkey suit" It is a fleece sleep sack type thing and this boy won't nap without it. He has always loved blankets and being snuggled, so this thing puts him right to sleep.
Food

We are still exclusively breastfeeding, but most of his meals come from a bottle now that he has started daycare. I nurse him in the morning before work, after work, and before bed...and occasionally at 3AM.

 At his 4 mo check-up the doctor mentioned that we could start rice cereal if we really wanted to, but nutritionally there was no benefit, so we could wait until he was 6 mos old to introduce any and all foods. We decided to skip the rice cereal, but have been thinking about introducing a few pureed veggies sometime this next month.

Sleep

I am almost afraid to write this...I'm a superstitious person, and things have been going really well in the sleep department and I would like to keep it that way ;)

Sleep (and lack of it) has easily been the hardest part of parenting thus far, but this month it's like it all just "clicked" and we are no longer fighting an uphill battle (until I post this, that is)

The biggest change in his sleeping has been that he now puts himself to sleep. It started with bedtime and eventually transferred to naps and it has been the most freeing and wonderful thing. He doesn't cry, he just talks to himself and kicks his legs and about 10 mins later (or less) he is sound asleep.

Not only is he putting himself to sleep but he is sleeping much longer stretches. The majority of the time he gives us anywhere from 6-8 hour stretches and just last week he gave us almost 5 days in a row of sleeping completely through the night...like 8PM-5AM #AMAZING

Most of the time though he goes down around 8 and wakes up once between 3AM and 4AM and goes right back to bed until about 7 when we have to wake him up.

Naps have gotten much better as well. They still aren't very consistent, but he is falling asleep on his own and taking one long nap and 3 shorter naps.

He started daycare this month and sleep was my biggest worry. I thought for sure he would fight naps and end up over-tired and cranky...and as usual, he surprised us all with taking a 3 hour nap on his first day. He has continued to take one long nap (2-3 hours) and at least one shorter nap at daycare. He does fight his afternoon nap, but I think it's because he just can't wait for mommy to come pick him up :)

**I should never have spoken about this...I should have kept my mouth shut and enjoyed the 8-10 hour stretches of sleep at night. I wrote this about a week before he turned 5 mos old and in that week there was some major regression. Waking every 3 hours has become the norm...I have been trying not to feed him (because I know he can go all night) but he is starving...I'm guessing this is another growth spurt #ImLeTired #WhyDidIOpenMyBigMouth

Milestones

This month he laugh laughed for the very first time and let me tell you there is no sweeter sound in the world than that little boys giggle! Of course the first thing that made him giggle was Gracie and her crazy fetch antics. Nowadays you can find AJ and I doing anything and everything in our power to get a giggle out of him...but he is still pretty stingy ;)

He isn't quite sitting up yet, but I would say we are getting close. He prefers to be upright pretty much all the time and he can sit for short periods of time with the help of his boppy. I am a little nervous about letting go though...because a few weeks ago he took a face plant right into the carpet. He only cried for a second...mommy cried much longer.
He started daycare and has been a total champ! Ms. Judy said he is always in a good mood (unless he is hungry) and he seriously lights up when he sees her and the other boys. It makes it so much easier to leave him each day when I know he loves being there. 

His hand-eye coordination has also improved tremendously, if he sees something he wants he can grab it...and then it goes straight into his mouth.

He got to go on his very first stroller run this month...and he loved it! He even fell asleep on our cool down walk. He is still in the car seat when I run, but I have a feeling he will be even happier once he can sit forward facing. I run in the morning most of the time and running with a stroller is tough, so we have only been a few times thus far.


Likes

His feet finally touch the floor in his jumper and he LOVES this thing. He would jump forever if we would let him. 

He has a very weird obsession with the throw pillows on the couch. I can't decide if it's the pattern or the texture, but he is always grabbing at and rubbing his hands across them.

He is still a big fan of his play-mat and often times when we are trying to play with him on the floor we catch him staring (longingly) at his "friends" 

He loves daycare and watching the bigger kiddos play.

The bath is still one of his favorite places to be, and this month the splashing and yelling has gotten a little more intense. 

Dislikes

He is still pretty easy going and happy go lucky these days. The only time he gets even the slightest bit fussy is when he is hungry or tired.

Highlights


 He spent some time with his buddy, Theo <3 I can't wait to see the shenanigans our little framily of boys gets into as they get older. 


He LOVED his first stroller run with mommy! 


We started sitting him at the dinner table with us in the evenings. He is VERY interested in what we are eating...good thing it's almost time for some food!


He helped mommy in her classroom! I thought we wouldn't be able to stay long because he was going to need a nap, but the little champ took a 45 min nap in his car seat even with all the noise! 


Mommy started back to work, so there were LOTS of afternoon nap snuggles that first week or two. 


 We went to dinner at Red Robin with our buddy Caleb...and his parents ;)


 Got lots of love from his big cousins. 


 and spent an evening with Grammy and Poppy


He spent several Saturday mornings bonding with daddy while mommy was out on her long runs...


and then participated in some long run recovery :) 
 

Bubble crowns became a thing this month...
 

Back to work for mommy meant she needed an assistant and B was happy to oblige. 
 

The pillow obsessions is real! 
 

Finally we spent a Saturday morning at cousin Finley's soccer practice. This guys loves being outside and watching the big kids play, so he was in heaven...plus he got to hang with his Uncle Brandon. 

This month seem to sweep by in the blink of an eye! Going back to work meant our time together was cut drastically, but nowadays we are just sure to make the best of our evenings and weekends!
Saturday, September 2, 2017

More appropriately named #MarathonMadness

Clearly #MarathonMonday isn't working for me....#MarathonMadness seems much  more appropriate, especially as I sit here at 4:30AM pumping and writing this post ;) 

I considered scrapping these posts altogether, but over the last few days my Marathon Monday posts from the Kansas City Marathon have been popping up on my TimeHop and I have loved going back and reading about my experiences while training for my first marathon. This time around the training has been VERY different...and I find it comical that 3 years ago I thought I was "tired" Of course the beginning of the school is always exhausting...but back then I came home after school and took naps, slept through the night, and only got up early a few mornings a week to run. 

 If the me of the 3 years ago could see my sleep schedule now, she would never complain again ;) Lil' man was doing phenomenally last week with sleeping and was consistently giving us 8 hour stretches and even a few nights of 9+ hours! However, for whatever reason (likely ANOTHER growth spurt) that changed...this past week he started waking up every 3-4 hours and was demanding to be fed. On top of all of this it was an extra busy week at work filled with early mornings and late nights....needless to say Friday night couldn't come soon enough. 

Last night I climbed into bed at 7:30...and was out by 8. B must have known how tired I was because last night he slept almost 9 hours straight and this mama got 8 hours! #INeededThat 

I am now gearing up to run my "long run" this week. I was very pleased to see that it only calls for 8 miles...it's the ever appreciated cut-back week around here. I was going to run more since I have had to cut a couple of runs short due to time, but I am not feeling 100% so this break is MUCH needed!

I'm looking forward to getting this run done and moving on to enjoying the 3-day weekend with my lil' guy!


Thursday, August 24, 2017

#MarathonMonday: Chaos

I know, I know...it's Thursday, not Monday...but life is a bit hectic these days and my evenings are filled with more important things...


I have been running really early in the mornings while lil' man is still sleeping so as not to miss any time with him. Going back to work has cut our time together drastically, so I am making the most of the time we do have together.

Running early is hard though...like REALLY hard, especially when I have to rush to get cleaned up and ready for work before he wakes up, and while he has been sleeping much better #Hallelujah, I have been having to get up and pump before I run in the mornings...which is never fun. However, if having to pump means I am getting 7 consecutive hours of sleep, I will do it!

Pumping before running adds an additional 30 minutes to my running prep, which means some days I am getting up at 4:30AM depending on how far I need to run...I try to make it back to the house by 6-6:30 so I have time to shower and get cleaned up by 7-7:15. Mornings are rushed and chaotic, but luckily AJ has some flexibility in his schedule and understands how important running is to me.

There have definitely been moments where I think about how much easier it would be to quit...and honestly, that is still where I am right now. The beginning of the school year is always crazy and exhausting...add to that marathon training and a 5 mo old and you have a 3-ring circus ;)

While I definitely have moments where I doubt myself...there have been moments where I remember WHY I am doing this. Last weekend I ran my longest run in over a year and I have to say it felt great! I went out planning to run 12, but miscalculated my route and ended up running 13.1 instead. That impromptu half-marathon was exactly what I needed to gain some confidence in my ability to finish marathon training and cross that finish line in November.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Life Lately: July

Life Lately...what a blur it's been! July flew by much faster than I would have liked and here we are in August and trying to find our new normal...again! I started back to work last week and B started daycare for the first time. I meant to get this posted before heading back to work, but those last few days at home with my boy were just that...me and my boy! I spent as much time with him as possible and even indulged in some snuggles during nap time...so needless to say I didn't have much time to blog or do anything else #IDidn'tMind

Then I started back to work, blinked, and here we are :) I feel like July was pretty low key...and yet again I didn't get many pictures of any thing but B...it's like he is the center of our world or something?

In July...


We celebrated Ben's birthday with a backyard BBQ...and I only remembered to take one photo #facepalm


We hosted a 4th of July get together with our friends and family
 

We enjoyed the unseasonably mild July temps! 


We put the lil' man to work...with daycare starting soon he needed to start earning his keep :) 
 

We celebrated our buddy Theo's 2nd birthday, and B tried out the pool for the first time. 
 

B an I flew to Ohio to visit Great Grandpa John and our cousins.


 We survived another round of shots...although, I am dreading his 6 mos shots already! 


We capped off the month with our anniversary <3
 

We started off with dinner at Main Event....


Headed to the arcade...


and ended with the Gravity Rope course, which I was not a fan of!

Not the most exciting month...but definitely a good one! 
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

#MarathonMonday: Back to School


It's not Monday...it's not even Tuesday....it's Wednesday. Wednesday at 5AM no less...

I went back to work last Thursday and honestly it's been a tough transition. I haven't worked in over 4 months and getting back into the swing of things has been harder than I thought it would be. 

B still isn't consistently sleeping through the night, and some nights he is still waking every 2-3 hours...add to that the anxiety of a new school year and my mile long to-do list and you have one tired mama. Luckily, last night lil' man gifted me with almost 7 straight hours of sleep...I am a whole new woman today...until about 2PM that is ;) 

When I first decided to run a fall marathon I knew the back to school crazies and this new season of life as a working mom would be my biggest challenge. How will I fit it all in?

My only option for fitting in a run right now is early, early in the morning.
B has been waking up around 7, which gives me plenty of time to feed him and get him ready for daycare, but that means I have to be ready by 7...which can be tough if I am also trying to throw in a run. It's only been a couple of days and I have already had to cut a run short due to a lack of time (and motivation) and I have a feeling this won't be the last time this happens. 

I am working hard to give myself grace in this process and allowing myself the time to get adjusted. A new school year is always tough...and throwing in a new baby and marathon training surely isn't going to make it easier :) 

And while marathon training is important to me...my family and spending time with B is more important. There will be days where something's gotta give...and that something will never be Bennett. I am prepared for some shortened (or missed) training runs and lots of flexibility with my training plan and hopefully over the next few weeks I can find my groove...and B will start to consistently sleep through the night #FingersCrossed
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

#MarathonMonday: The Declaration

Yep...it's happening and today it's officially official...

I am running a marathon :) 

I signed up weeks ago, but haven't said much about it to anyone...because to tell you the truth I was scared. I was scared to make the declaration and HAVE to follow through with it. 

I did sign up for a full marathon that also has a half-marathon option and while I tell myself that if I am not ready I can always drop down to the half...but that's a lie. Once I say I am going to do something on this little ol' blog of mine it quickly becomes something I NEED to do ;) That's not saying I haven't failed at a few goals or not followed through with some of my plans...but when it comes to running and this race...it kind of feels like one of those things I will do just about anything to accomplish.

So there you have it...my declaration. I, Heather Smith, will be running a marathon...and not just any marathon...a post-baby marathon. So while I have run 2 marathons before this, I have a feeling this will be a brand new experience. 

Training for a marathon is hard...add in being a mom, going back to work full time, and maintaining my sanity...I think I am in for the ride of a life-time!

To some it may seem silly to throw this in the mix at this time in my life...but with running, it's the struggle and overcoming not only my fears, but the challenges that make it all worth it. I am sure there will be tears shed and moments when I want to quit...but there will also be those moments where I feel strong, proud, and accomplished....and when I cross that finish line and see my sweet baby, I have a feeling I am in for a whole new rush of emotions...

As with my last 2 marathons I will be documenting my journey here, each Monday...or Tuesday depending on how crazy life gets come Thursday when I head back to work. I have been throwing around the idea of doing a vlog instead or in addition to my weekly posts...but I am not sure. I tend to bite off more than I can chew and I can imagine editing videos each week may send me over the edge...so we shall see!

Until next week....


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Life with Benny: 4 months



Weight: 14lbs 6 oz (42%)
Height: 24. in (33%)
Head: 16.3 in (31%)

Diapers

We switched over to size 2 diapers when we ran out of our size 1's. They were a little big at first, but thanks to a growth spurt a few weeks ago they fit much better now. We have been really lucky to not have to buy many diapers for the first 4 months, since we had received so many as gifts. We are now down to the last of our size 2's so we set up a subscription on Amazon and they will be delivering a box each month. We are still sticking with Pampers Swaddlers since they seem to prevent the most blow-outs.

Clothes

It seemed like he went from comfortably wearing his 0-3 month sizes to rockin' a wedgie overnight #GrowthSpurt ;) We had to retire most of his 0-3 month clothes and he is now comfortably wearing 3-6 month sizes.

Food

He is still eating every 3-4 hours, and sometimes more frequently in the evenings as it gets closer to bedtime. He is still nursing like a champ and taking a bottle pretty easily, although we had two incidents where he refused to take a bottle (from Grammy and Daddy) but luckily mommy was there to save the day :) Let's just hope he isn't boycotting the bottle now right before I go back to work! 

Sleep

Predictably, unpredictable...that is the only way I can find to describe his sleeping habits. At the beginning of the month he was doing a great job. We were laying him down awake and unswaddled and he was falling asleep on his own, and he was sleeping anywhere from 6-8 hour stretches in his crib...and then BAM a HUGE regression....for about 2 weeks he was waking up every 2-3 hours starving. We chalked it up to him going through the 4 mo sleep regression a few weeks early, and right smack dab in the middle of it we went to Ohio. My aunt was able to borrow a Rock n' Play from a friend and I knew that he would at least sleep a couple hours at a time in that....turns out vacation is all we needed to get back on track! He slept REALLY well the whole time we were in Ohio...we are talking 6-8 hour stretches again. I worried a little when we got home because he would be in his crib again, but he surprised us yet again by sleeping really well. There was even one night that he slept a 9 hour stretch (which is a record) We have gone back to swaddling him at night (and leaving one arm out) and that seems to have helped a bit. He isn't rolling over from back to front...and doesn't seem to be close so we will slowly wean away from the swaddle.

Naps were pretty unpredictable this month as well...my sweet baby who was consistently taking a couple of 1.5-2 hour naps each day became a cat-napper. Prior to going to Ohio I started really trying to put him on a schedule hoping that a strict routine would help him to sleep better at night...and after Ohio and seeing that the less scheduled I was with him the better he slept (and the happier I was) I gave up on micromanaging his sleeping. I watch his cues and put him down for a nap when he seems tired (which is usually every hour to hour and a half) and if he wakes up and seems happy I don't try to get him to go back to sleep. Not only is he sleeping better now...but I am much less stressed trying to control his naps and plan around it.

Milestones

Lil' man rolled over last month and since then has only rolled over about 6 times. He is as coordinated as his mommy and daddy and gets himself stuck and VERY frustrated.

He is definitely noticing the world around him even more. He will spot AJ or I across the room and make eye contact and even smile at us.

He is grabbing his toys with much more accuracy and everything is going in his mouth...especially his hands.

He is constantly wanting to stand up and look around. He is even sitting up, supported by either us or his boppy and this makes him a happy camper! Tummy time isn't/wasn't his favorite...but sitting up sure is! 

He is talking up a storm! Lots of coos, squeals, and screams if you aren't talking to him ;)

He is now riding in his stroller like a big boy, and he LOVES it! He would get fussy when riding in his car seat but now that he is facing out and can see everything he is happy, happy, happy! I can't wait until we can start running together! 

He took his first plane ride this month and was a champ! The pressure didn't seem to bother him one bit. The only time he got kind of antsy was when the plane wasn't moving.

Likes

He is still a big fan of his play-mat and talking to and grabbing his animal "friends"
He LOVES Sophie the Giraffe and his elephant lovie...he is always trying to eat them!
Sitting or standing up and looking around is by far his favorite activity...gone are the days of my snuggly little babe...he prefers to be in on the action.

Dislikes

I have a hard time making a list of dislikes for him, because he is a pretty happy go-lucky kiddo. He is pretty content as long as he isn't hungry or tired.


Month Two Highlights


This month our sweet boy...


Spent many afternoons entertaining mommy and snuggling his puppy


 Enjoyed every single bath! Kicking and splashing have now become part of our routine!



Celebrated Ben's (and America's) birthday in style ;)









Had the BEST 4th of July! Food, friends, and cute babies!


went up to school with me...it lasted approximately 20 minutes and ended with an exceptionally poopy diaper :)


 worked on his fitness :)


Found his thumb...uh oh!


tolerated tummy time ;)


got cuter and cuter by the day!


rode in his stroller like a big boy...he thinks he is pretty hot stuff now ;)


gave the mohawk a try


Did some light reading...


and helped daddy out around the office ;)


decided that sitting up was a new trick he would like to try


worked on his modeling career...


just kidding :)


spent even more time with his furry best friend! Some days I am not sure how she feels about this...but after being gone for 5 days her excitement at their reunion tells me she is a fan :)


went swimming for the first time.


practiced rolling over...Gracie kept trying to show him an easier way ;)


soaked up ALL the snuggles with mommy!


Spent an afternoon with his Aunt Caitie and his cousins while mommy went to her hair appointment. 


took his very first plane ride and surprised us all with how well he did!


He met his great-grandpa John and was a big fan :)


Spent a day shopping with the ladies and was a total trooper! 


Loved all the attention he got from his Aunt Kathi and cousins!


 Even though it really wore him out!


practiced sitting up!


and even MORE snuggles with his puppy! These two make my heart SO happy!


He discovered his lovie and is infatuated. 


Had his 4 month shots and was a total trooper! I think it was more painful for mommy! Although, for a few days after he was a little fussy and only snuggles would do #IDidntMindABit


Discovered his reflection in the mirror and is pretty impressed :) 


smiled, and smiled, and smiled! This is a happy little guy!


He got a new toy and I think it's safe to say he loves it! 

This month was bittersweet...each day that passes brings more fun with this little guy, but it also brings us closer to the end of our 24/7 time together. I have a feeling next month will be a tough one...for me at least.